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Last Update: 2018-05-02 02:12 UTC

RISC OS is a computer operating system originally designed by Acorn Computers Ltd in Cambridge, England in 1987. RISC OS was specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset, which Acorn had designed concurrently for use in its new line of Archimedes personal computers. It takes its name from the RISC (reduced instruction set computing) architecture supported. Fast, compact and efficient, RISC OS is developed and tested by a loyal community of developers and users. RISC OS is not a version of Linux, nor is it in any way related to Windows, and it has a number of unique features and aspects to its design.

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Average visitor rating: 8.33/10 from 3 review(s).

RISC OS Summary
Distribution RISC OS Open
Home Page https://www.riscosopen.org/
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User Forums https://www.riscosopen.org/forum/
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Documentation https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/
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Download Mirrors https://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads
Bug Tracker https://www.riscosopen.org/tracker/
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Feature 5.24
Release Date 2018-04-23
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 100-200
Free Download IMG
Installation --
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Release Model Fixed
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Processor Architecture armv6hl, armv7
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Version: 5.24
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-31
Votes: 3

A wonderful and easy to use Operating System that is very responsive on my Raspberry PI 3. It's a shame that it lacks some of the more sophisticated tools and software that Linux and Windows users are used to though. Hopefully this will be rectified at some point.

Well worth trying out if you have never used it before.

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Version: 2017-04-13
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-25
Votes: 3

A great job and well done. Runs beautifully on the Pi Zero.

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Version: 2017-04-13
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-04-24
Votes: 16

Is extremely lightweight
Is fun to play around with if you are bored
Does not take up much space on disk (download for rpi is 119MB)
Is free
The new release makes it more stable than it used to be, and detects different monitors much better

Only works on specific pieces of hardware
Lacking a good web browser (netsurf tries its best, but still needs a bit of work)
Lacking other good software like media players, office apps and IDEs (unixlib is somewhat of a workaround, but is extremely unstable and slow)
No real reason to use it other than hoobyist purposes, but even then a linux distro would work better

If you have a spare SD card, raspberry PI and some time to kill, you might find some enjoyment out of this operating system, but that's about as much as you'll get out of it, using it in a professional sense is straight up impossible.

Have used RISC OS for about two years now, didn't grow up with it so not blinded by nostalgia

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